Lost Tribe of the Sith: Paragon
by John Jackson Miller
Published by Del Rey
Adrick's Rating: 3 out of 4
The ruthless cunning of the Sith Order has served the shipwrecked crew of the Omen well on the alien planet Kesh. Subjugating the superstitious Keshiri race by posing as its fabled overlords has ensured the Sith's survival—while they struggle in secret to return to the stars. But after fifteen years on their adopted world, some among the lost tribe have grown restless and fearful that assimilation will consume their Sith heritage. Now, as rival factions begin to appear, a shocking disaster throws into doubt the Sith's future on Kesh.
In the distant city of Tetsubal, the entire native populace is suddenly wiped out by a grisly plague of unknown origin. With terrifying speed, more cities succumb to the mysterious contagion. Only the Sith remain unharmed—so far. And as Sith commander Yaru Korsin grapples with the looming loss of the paradise he rules and the race his people have come to depend upon, he must confront the dark possibility that the catastrophe may not be cruel fate but insidious sabotage.
John Jackson Miller continues the story of the shipwrecked Sith that is the background for the Tribe seen in Fate of the Jedi. I remain a little skeptical of the necessity of yet another group of Sith running around, but Miller’s tale of Sith plotting continues to interest me—I would actually rather read thirty pages of these e-books than many of the recent novels.
This installment details the life of one particular Sith, Seelah, wife of the Sith captain of the wrecked Omen. Through flashbacks we gain a better understanding of the new take on the ancient Sith Empire that Crosscurrent and other recent works have described, one that at first glance appeared to be somewhat at odds with its depiction in the Tales of the Jedi comic books. This expansion is welcome.
Nothing to add here—I’m looking forward to the next e-book in the series.
Tetsubal after the plague. Yikes.